What does stomach capacity, uric acid and lemons have in common? They represent the cause, effect and remedy of many of today’s most common forms of illnesses and diseases.
Let us briefly examine this concept of cause, effect and remedy from a unique perspective. That perspective can be illustrated by driving your car in all types of weather, never taking the time to maintain it and then suddenly noticing one day that it has now started to deteriorate. Should this be a surprise to us? Of course not.
Here in North America we are blessed with an abundance of food. But blessings, if not used correctly can become maledictions. It is virtually impossible to go anywhere to eat out today without expecting to receive a huge plate of food when we order. But are these food portions healthy for us? Much emphasis is placed on the subject of food choices themselves being healthy for us and many experts assert that this is one of the reasons we are experiencing an epidemic of obesity. Then we hear that it’s not what you eat, but how much you eat. Still there are others who assert that it’s what you eat, not how you eat it that is causing the woes we are experiencing.
Who do we believe?
Stomach capacity varies according to the individual – and rightly so. We are not clones who all look and measure the same height and weight. What might be right for one person might be grossly under or overstated for another. Put a 7′ basketball player beside a diminutive 5′ female. Could they consume the same amount? Possibly. Should their food intake be measured the same? Absolutely not!
To determine how much food is right for us at each meal time, let’s do a small exercise together. Join the palms of your hands together and now form a ball with them. Take a moment to carefully examine the size. Memorize it. Now consider this next point:
- Foods should comprise half of this amount
- Fluids should comprise 1/4 of this amount
Does this surprise you?
Why should the amount that we consume matter?
Volumes that exceed these amounts now become excess in our bodies and will have to be stored. Even if the amounts you may store daily are minor, over a period of time, they will accumulate.
Uric acid is created in the body as a result of overeating (also consuming too much meat in our diet is another way).
Virtually all of the chronic diseases we currently see prevalent in our society are a result of an accumulation of uric acid.
Normal amounts of uric acid in the blood are very low; however, when that accumulation rises, like rust on a car, it binds with other blood components to form a gel-like substance that can clog our blood vessels. Circulation is impeded and we can be affected in remote areas from the heart like our hands and feet.
Do you suffer from poor circulation?
As these blockages occur, they harden into crystal or salt-like deposits which can end up in our bones and muscles. Toxic properties of these uric salts or crystals can cause the following:
- back pains
- diabetes and obesity
- disorders of the joints and bones
- high blood pressure
- kidney and liver stones and other disorders
- neurological diseases such as high blood pressure, headaches, migraines, neurasthenia, insomnia and even epilepsy
- podagra (gout)
- chronic rheumatism
- skin conditions
So how can we interrupt this process – especially if we may already be suffering from any of the above issues?
The best method to eliminate excess toxic uric acid is by the regular use of lemon juice.
Lemon juice is rich is vitamin C, microelements and hormones. It has cleansing properties that target these same insoluble salts and slime produced from uric acid build-up. Some of the chemical compounds found in lemon juice are particularly effective in the prevention or management of infectious diseases (for example, the common cold and viruses).
Incorporating freshly squeezed lemon juice into your diet each and every day* is a beneficial way to manage uric acid buildup in the body. Lemon juice quickly changes its composition under the influence of air and sunlight, so you will need to prepare a fresh new portion every time. Why? Well lemon juice as mentioned, is very high in vitamin C. This disintegrates under the influence of sunlight, daylight or even cooking. Pre-packaged bottled lemon juice will not have the same effect as consuming it fresh each time.
So you might be thinking that lemons are so sour, won’t they upset my stomach? Perhaps you may even be wondering at this point if you can add a little honey to help it go down. Think again. What tastes sour to our tongue will not necessarily influence or damage our stomach lining. Indeed, the juice of a lemon, while acidic, is nowhere near as acidic as the acids found inside our stomach during the digestive process. Many who suffer from gastritis and ulceration often benefit from lemon juice therapy.
So if the jury is still out for you on which of the food experts are correct when it comes to what to eat, or how to eat it or even how much to eat, consider incorporating freshly squeezed lemon juice into your diet as a protective and preventative measure towards maintaining good health.
* More intensive lemon therapies are also available; however it is advisable to do so under the supervised guidance of a natural health practitioner who will be able to tailor it uniquely to your personal circumstances.